Apple sold its one millionth iPad on Friday, four weeks after this tablet computer was launched on April 3. It passed this mark on the day a second version with 3G cellular-wireless networking was introduced.
The company is introducing this product in phases. On April 3, a version with Wi-Fi was released. Last Friday, this was joined by a version with support for AT&T’s 3G network.
So far, the iPad is only available in the United States. The tablet computer is now scheduled to be released internationally by the end of the month; Apple will announce pricing information and begin taking online pre-orders May 10.
Demand Is Strong
Jobs said today that “demand continues to exceed supply,” which is why all versions of this device are slightly back ordered.
Ordered placed today won’t ship for five to seven business days, according to Apple’s website.
An Overview of the Apple iPad
The ipad is Apple’s answer to the netbook. It’s a device that packs more functionality than a smartphone, but is also more portable than a laptop.
Since it lacks a built-in physical keyboard, users enter text on the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel, capacitative touchscreen while on the go. Apple also offers a Keyboard Dock for typing, plus the ipad will support the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
The tablet computer runs the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor, and comes with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging email and watching video, as well as a calendar and address book.
It is also able to run third-party software written for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the 5,000 apps created specifically for the device. In addition, it is able to access the iTunes Store to buy music, TV shows, movies and games. A new iBooks app lets users buy and read books.
The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, and Apple promises a battery life of up to 10 hours.